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Monday, February 04, 2013

Baked Chipotle Turkey Croquettes in Lettuce Wraps with Tahini Dip

ground turkey croquettes

Fried vegetable croquettes are a favorite once-in-a-while weekend snack. Any combination of finely chopped or grated vegetables and meat can be shaped into small 'fingers' and breaded and deep fried and presented as fancy croquettes with various dips and sauces.

Rather than deep frying, these Spicy Chipotle Turkey Zucchini Ginger croquettes are baked. And, rather than the usual bread crumbs these turkey croquettes are 'breaded' in seasoned almond meal.

The chipotle chilies in adobo sauce is a favorite flavoring for stews and beans. I wanted to use it for the turkey croquettes, but also carried it into the sauce/dip.

Ready within 20 minutes including preparation time, this dish can be a quick snack or a light meal, especially when wrapped in crisp lettuce leaf.

10 oz ground turkey
1 tsp Bragg™'s Liquid Aminos
½ medium zucchini, grated finely and squeezed to remove water
1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 pimento cherry pepper chopped finely (optional)
2 Tbsp finely chopped chipotle in adobo sauce (less if preferred)

Almond meal: combine about 1/3rd cup of raw almonds, 2 Tbsp parsley (finely chopped fresh, or dried), 1 tsp curry powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika, and grind to crumbs for breading

Oil Mister/Sprayer/Spritzer: Table top oil spritzer is handy- not just for cutting back on oil usage but also for eliminating the use-and-throw store-bought cooking oil spray cans.

Spicy Chipotle Sesame Sauce/Dip:
1 or 2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
1 Tbsp sundried tomatoes packed in oil
1 Tbsp Tahini
1 Tbsp Olive oil
½ Tbsp Pomegranate Red Wine Vinegar
water as needed

Combine the ingredients and blend to a smooth dip consistency adding a little water at a time as needed.


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Have the almond meal ready for coating
  3. Knead the turkey and the rest of the ingredients and shape into long thin cylinders
  4. Coat with the seasoned almond meal
  5. Arrange in a roasting pan and spray some cooking oil
  6. Bake in 425°F oven for about 15 minutes, till internal temperature is 170°F
Wrap each croquette in a crisp piece of lettuce - I prefer Romaine, but the bland Iceberg work well for the kids. Sprinkle with finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley and/or cilantro. Serve with any other favorite dip or sauce or dressing.

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